“Kenya has a great potential for fish farming, the country has 1.4 million hectares (3.5 million acres) suitable for aquaculture, but only 0.014 percent is currently in use”
Ruko is in the process of constructing four ponds with initial capital from Terry Brewer, one of Ruko’s private supporters. The Trust has so far managed to dig two ponds which are ready for stocking. Additionally Ruko’s UNDP water project will ensure that water will be available at the site.
Fish farming is a convenient, sustainable, and viable activity for the communities of Ruko to pursue. Fish is a major and affordable source of protein as well as sustainable income for communities in the area. Such a project has the potential to boost rural development by diversifying agricultural products and ensuring steady incomes and profits. Furthermore, this community project will create jobs and will preserve wild fish stocks by relieving pressure on them and by conserving the environment.
In Kenya, the national fish production updates indicate there has been a decline in fish caught in the country's lakes for the past decade. The updates indicate that the trend has sharply risen in the last four years through a reduction in fish species diversity as well degradation of fish habitat. In addition, over-fishing caused by an influx of fishermen to the country's lakes because of unemployment has also been blamed.
Demand for fish continues to rise with the increase in population. With a decline in fish obtained from their natural habitat, fish farming is expanding